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Breed Show 2022
Details of the 2022 Breed Show are now available in Deerhound Events
International Canine Health Award
Launched at Crufts in 2012, the International Canine Health Awards were developed to recognise and reward innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students who are significantly impacting the health and well-being of dogs. Nominations for the awards were judged by a distinguished international panel of influential veterinarians and scientific researchers.
Dr Sarah Helps, awarded £1,000 for the Breed Health Co-ordinator Award – The recipient of the International Canine Health Award’s Breed Health Coordinator of the Year was recognised for her dedication and commitment to improving the health of the Deerhound, a breed she has been involved with for over 40 years. Her passion for the breed has seen her support veterinary research into dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in order to improve understanding, early diagnosis and prevention, and she initiated a longitudinal study into the prevalence of DCM in UK Deerhounds in 2015.
As part of this study, 99 Deerhounds were scanned and are being monitored throughout their lives, with the results of the study currently undergoing peer-review, in order to potentially form an official basis for future breed screening of Deerhounds. Early diagnosis means that treatment for heart disease can be started early, as well as enabling affected Deerhounds to be screened prior to breeding.
The money from the award will help to resource a geneticist and technician for further DNA development, as well as potentially subsidising further heart testing at future shows.
After receiving the award, Sarah said: “I am really excited to win this prestigious award. It is immensely satisfying after the years of hard work put in by me and my colleagues in the Deerhound Health Group, especially Emily Dutton, RCVS-recognised specialist in Cardiology who has been so helpful with our research.
“I very quickly fell in love with Deerhounds over 40 years ago because of their extraordinary grace and beauty, combined with great power and speed and their most generous loyal character. I feel particularly proud to have coordinated and assisted in the completion of the research project into heart disease affecting this wonderful breed, alongside Emily Dutton, and identifying the echocardiographic measurements in the Deerhound. The project has very much been a team effort and without the support of Deerhound owners, donations from the Deerhound Club and Bev Doyle, this heart study would never have been possible.”
Huge congratulations to Sarah and many thanks for all her efforts and hard work over the years.
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